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Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh (Mirrorworld Series) Paperback – June 8, 2021
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Jacob has uncovered the doorway to another world, hidden behind a mirror. It is a place of dark magic and enchanted objects, scheming dwarves and fearsome ogres, fairies born from water and men born from stone.
Here, he hunts for treasure and seeks adventure in the company of Fox - a beautiful, shapeshifting girl, who guides and guards him.
But now Jacob's younger brother has followed him into the mirrored world, and all that was freedom has turned to fear. Because a deadly curse has been spoken; and Jacob must risk his life to reverse it, before his brother is turned to stone forever...
Revised and updated by Cornelia Funke, The Petrified Flesh is the first book in the thrilling Reckless series.
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"Magical and full of surprises - find a child to read it to as an excuse, or just indulge" The Lady
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- Publisher : Pushkin Children's Books (June 8, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1782691243
- ISBN-13 : 978-1782691242
- Reading age : 13 - 17 years
- Grade level : 8 - 12
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.07 x 1 x 7.79 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #124,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have to admit, it was a struggle for me to finish this story. I wanted to love it -- a magical realm full of fairytales hiding behind a mirror? Sign me up! -- but I could not get into this book, no matter how hard I tried. It felt as if it was being written from a distance, an objective observer lurking above as the events unfolded, preventing me from truly connecting or caring about any of the characters. It seemed as if Jacob was motivated by obligation rather than love for his brother -- they have no true bond -- and that makes the story’s main plot point seem rather unnecessary.
I don’t know what age group this story is targeting. At first I assumed middle grade, in line with Funke’s Inkworld series, but the main character is revealed to be in his mid-twenties only a couple chapters in, and there are frequent (non-graphic) mentions of love and sex and relationships playing key roles in the tale. But the dialogue amongst these older characters is often quite childish and immature. It seems as though Funke was aiming for a timeless atmosphere that instead wound up feeling quite disjointed.
Things move SO QUICKLY. I found myself rereading paragraphs, even pages, on multiple occasions to try and understand what exactly was happening. Instead of explaining the world behind the mirror, the hows and whats and whys, you’re just tossed in and expected to keep up with context clues alone. Fine if the world of the story is something resembling our own; another matter entirely for a fantasy book.
All in all, lots of potential, perhaps a good read for the proper reader, but leaves a lot to be desired and an overall feeling of disappointment given what could have been.
This was a great introduction to the Mirrorworld! My favorite thing about the book is the expansive world-building, with a very thoughtful attention to detail. Jacob and Will battle not only to stop the curse, but to reconcile their past. The world is filled with dangerous whimsy, devious monsters, and creative magic. I would recommend this book for middle grade fans who love magical world-building, sibling stories, and fairytales with a bite. I look forward to seeing what happens in the next installment! Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh is available now. Thank you so much to Cornelia Funke, Pushkin Press, and Netgalley for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.